4WARN: Tropical Update
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - We now have Hurricane Isaias expected to make a landfall in southeastern Florida this weekend.
Earlier this morning the winds within Isaias reached hurricane strength (above 74 mph). The forecasted path is projected to be along the eastern US coastline. Impacting the Florida, Georgia, and Carolinas coastlines. Extensive rainfall and strong winds are to be expected. However, we will be on the opposite side of the storm, allowing us to see total opposite conditions, like sunshine and drier air from the north.
Isaias is struggling to keep a decent structure. Winds high above it are playing a factor in its organization. This makes the circulation patterns irregular, and can cause the hurricane to be limited on how much it could strengthen since it will pose a difficulty for the warm ocean air to rise further into it. Some dry air patterns from saharan dust are also preventing much further strengthening so it is likely that Isaias will remain only a category one at landfall. Once again, impacts in the Wiregrass will not occur from the storm.
We continue to monitor activity in the far eastern Atlantic. The coast of Africa keeps releasing a steady amount of tropical waves that have slight potential to develop further into tropical disturbances. With the most recent paths that tropical waves have been taking, it is possible that these could stagger their way further westward. Still very far out and uncertainty remains but now that ocean temperatures are right for tropical disturbances, we will pay extra attention to these waves as new data is released.
Stay updated with the 4WARN Weather Team for all the latest updates on the tropics.
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